From a large sprawling mansion to a cozy one-bedroom apartment, everyone needs the right furnishings for their home. The latter example seems to be especially relevant these days, however, since living in a smaller space is becoming a popular option all over the country. New York City in particular seems to be welcoming this trend now, with a pilot program for small homes coming to the Big Apple.
But just as homeowners need to adjust their lifestyles to transition into a 400-square-foot apartment, the decor and furnishings in these spaces also have to match the amount of space available. If you're moving into a small living unit, either in the city or elsewhere, you might want to consider the following tips for improving design in a tiny home:
- Give window insulation special attention: In any house, improperly sealed windows could leak air out and make the living space colder than it needs to be. This is even more of a concern for a smaller space, though, so the more windows, the greater the need to treat them for energy efficiency. An article in Houzz recently profiled an especially small trailer-based home in Vermont with "lots of windows." According to this source, the home, owned by Ethan Waldman, also has a tight construction that keeps the structure energy efficient.
- Low profile helps make for an efficient home: Living in a small, restrictive space means that homeowners have to be mindful of privacy as well as the use of light. Selecting minimal, low-profile design elements, especially for window coverings, will help homeowners control the amount of light in the space to their preference.
A surprising amount of material can fit into these reduced spaces if handled well.
- Make sure window hangings don't overlap: Because space in small houses is so limited, windows can sit right on top of tables, benches or beds in a much more confined way than in standard-sized buildings. Homeowners are still free to use custom window coverings in these situations, but will have to determine the right length so they don't hang too far on the floor and crowd up the room. In a micro home, that's not hard to do!
- Use bright and homey patterns: In an interview with Curbed, former micro house resident Christopher Carson Smith says that these small buildings are "challenging the idea of what a home is" through design. One way to do that could be going against the sometimes industrial look of these residences with friendly patterns and soothing shades. Photos of Smith's own home show how a brightly colored bedspread, set of drapes and curtain help to add a little variety to a home where treated wood is the most dominant feature. A surprising amount of material can fit into these reduced spaces if handled well.
Thinking about downsizing yourself and want to consider a new window style? Contact Metropolitan Window Fashions for a free at-home consultation to help get you started.